- Elsewhere on the Cydonian Imperative site I concluded
that the only conspiracy at work concerning Cydonia re-photography was
one of "mutually assured ignorance." In light of Malin Space
Science Systems' abrupt, unannounced photo-dump of 4-5-00, I've been forced
to re-examine this stance. My research was aided greatly by reading Dr.
Stanley V. McDaniel's 'The McDaniel Report', a 1993 document exposing the
unsound methodology and flawed epistemology that threatens the prospect
of retrieving high-resolution images of Cydonia in the near future.
- 'The McDaniel Report', not to be confused with the website
of the same name, is ultimately a scathing examination of one Dr. Michael
Malin, principal contractor for the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC), originally
designed for inclusion on the failed Mars Observor mission. Malin, in an
unprecented political move by NASA, was given legal 'ownership' of any
and all incoming Mars images, during which he is free to release them essentially
at his whim. Although his status entitles him to a six-month period in
which to prepare and sort any Mars photos deigned fit for public exposure
(a suspicuously long period, to say the least), Malin's revelation that
numerous images of Cydonia have been taken in the last two years calls
the integrity of MSSS and NASA into serious question.
- Given that privately sequestering photos of possibly
explosive scientific value (even for a period of six months) is absurd,
one is naturally forced to wonder where these images have been over the
last 28 months - and, more disturbingly, why the public was not made aware
of their existence until April 5.
- This issue is made even more perplexing when one takes
into account Malin's outspoken criticism of Cydonia rephotography. He has
described rephotographing the Face (and other anomalies) as a "waste
of time" again an again, appealing to the prevailing (and provenly
false) official position that the 'Face' is a trick of light and shadow
that "vanishes" at different sun angles. (After years of controversy,
NASA was forced to admit that the Viking frames 'proving' that the Face
was an illusion never even existed - but only after disseminating this
fiction to Congressional staffers and interested citizens. I personally
received an edited version of this document several years ago, which goes
to considerable lengths to avoid mention of nearly 20 years of cross-verified
- Why, then, has MSSS continued to not only take photos
of the Cydonia region, but apparently target specific sites in the Cydonia
- Malin admits on his website that a second attempt to
re-photograph the Face was made, resulting in a sequencing error that returned
no useful data. But orbital calculations show that additional opportunities
for re-photographing the Face (and possibly other anomalous formations)
have been met by consciously repositioning the Mars Global Surveyor.
- Whether additional photos have actually been taken remains
an opoen question for the time being. But, given Malin's duplicitous involvement
with the issue, I think it's naive to reject the possibility that NASA
is in possession of additional high-resolution Cydonia pictures.
- With the mainstream news media effectively placated by
the horribly over-contrasted 'Catbox' image of the Face in 1998, whatever
agency ultimately responsible for handling the Cydonia situation apparently
feels it can continue its disservice to science with impunity. The nature
of this 'Agency' is, of course, the centerpiece for the understandable
concern and annoyance that has flooded Cydonia discussions on the Internet.
- It's conceivable that Malin's convenient stranglehold
on incoming Mars data is in fact a means for an intelligence organization
to monitor (and possibly screen) controversial new photographs. This isn't
nearly as paranoid as it sounds.
- In 1960, NASA was provided with an exhaustive document
by the Brookings Institution, a think-tank based in Washington, D.C. The
report, examining future "peaceful activities in space," specifically
mentions the possibility of discovering alien artifacts on the surfaces
of other celestial bodies, Mars being one of the candidates. (This speculation
was almost certainly not the product of the authors' imaginations; Dr.
Carl Sagan, the most articulate and well-known astronomer to have addressed
the possibility of extrasolar visitation, had concluded that it was plausible
that we might encounter telltale signs of intelligence in the solar system
as we continued to expand into space.)
- In a possible foreshadowing of our present predicament
regarding Cydonia, the Brookings report warned that public knowledge of
advanced nonhuman intelligence could shatter existing social paradigms,
and urged secrecy if alien ruins were discovered. Alarmingly, such secrecy
measures conform to the confusing politics that have descended on NASA/JPL's
Mars exploration program after the failure of the Mars Climate Orbiter
and Mars Polar Lander (with a former head of the supersecret National Security
Agency being placed in a position to potentially dictate Mars policy behind
- Are we being skillfully (or unskillfully) acclimated
to the existence of probable extraterrestrial ruins on Mars? It's worth
noting that the Brookings paper recommended a period of acclimatization
before revealing definitive proof of extraterrestrial intelligence. Certainly
an issue as potentially incendiary as the literal redefinition of our species
would warrant similar contingencies.
- The most outspoken voice for this viewpoint is Richard
Hoagland, who provides his perspective in the following two articles. (Including
these links does not mean that I endorse Hoagland's perspective on Cydonia
or anything else; indeed, I think his standards for evidence and enthusiasm
for the scientific method have degenerated since the publication of his
excellent book, 'The Monuments of Mars'.')
- Malin Suddenly 'Finds' New Images of Cydonia - Skullduggery
Continues at MSSS: http://www.enterprisemission.com/skull.htm
- Malin Points MGS at the Face - But What is He Hiding?:
- Additionally, Hoagland notes some interesting symmetry
in a mesa adjacent to the Face (and muses that it was in fact one of MSSS'
specified targets) and points out a low-resolution anomaly on the Face
itself that he identifies as a possible entrance, complete with ramp.
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